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CEO Sounding Board

INSURANCE
Craig Johnson
President, CEO / FCCI Insurance Group - Sarasota

Craig Johnson
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"In Sarasota, we provide a fitness center with access to aerobics classes, personal trainers, locker rooms, showers and dry heat saunas; a cafe that serves to-go deli items, dinners and holiday desserts; an ATM; dry-cleaning pick-up and delivery services; a carwash and detailing service; and a mail center for outgoing personal packages. We also offer on-site massages, a private room for nursing mothers, free annual flu shots and health screenings and luncheon seminars on 401(k) financial planning and various wellness topics."

PURCHASING
Tim Gregson
CEO / FMS Purchasing & Services - Clearwater

Tim Gregson
"We provide the week off between Christmas and New Year's, and it's a paid vacation for all employees. We also provide an additional paid week off for all employees who wish to provide community service locally or internationally. ... In celebration of our 20 years, we took a trip down to the Dominican Republic. We spent the first day and a half in a very nice resort celebrating and being thankful for the opportunities provided and reflecting on that. Another day and a half we spent in the cane fields. When you think life is bad, you really don't realize how bad life can be. Each person had a 50-pound bag of clothes and toys, and we went into the villages to give those out."


LAW
Jill Schwartz
Managing, founding partner / Law Offices of Jill S. Schwartz - Winter Park

Jill Schwartz
"With community service we do some unique things. Encouraging employees to be something bigger than themselves energizes them. We helped build a hospice house. We helped the American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Town. I try to put time and dollars into something they're passionate about. We have an interesting program called LEAN — lifestyle, exercise, accountability and nutrition. The firm will subsidize 50% of their workout program. We provide financial incentives if they maintain a healthy weight. I'm on the board of the Orlando ballet. I'll get tickets and everyone can take someone. ... We have flextime and job sharing, telecommuting, maternity and paternity leave. Even in a bad economy, you can give the gift of time."